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Title: Warriors and gentlemen : the occidental context of the Arabian travel narratives of Burton, Blunt and Lawrence
Authors: Davies, Robert
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: © Robert Davies
Description: The thesis concerns itself with the way in which 19th and early 20th century British travellers reported their encounters with the Middle East and particularly with the peoples of the Arabian deserts. The narratives studied show markedly different perceptions of the same groups of people. These variations may be attributed to three factors. Firstly, the length and nature of the contact made between the travellers and the Arabs. Secondly, differences in the personalities of the travellers. Thirdly, and most significantly, the travellers were responding to changes in their own social and cultural world which determined how and what phenomena they reported. In this context, in the first half of the thesis, I have given a brief resume of the preconditions of European travel writing in the 19th century and looked at the developments in 4 occidental concepts, which were concerned with the relationships between different peoples, namely, nationalism, imperialism, orientalism and racism. A further chapter describes, the place of travel writing in the history of publishing during this period. The second part of the thesis focuses on how three of the most important British travellers to Arabia (Richard Burton, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and T.E. Lawrence) derived their perceptions of the desert Arabs from personal and cultural factors and how their travel narratives informed the debates on British selfperception and how the British related to the people of Arabia.
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